The intent of this thread is two-fold: First, this can act as an instruction sheet for those who are just now acquiring this figure or one of his repaints. As the instruction sheet that it comes with is shit. Second, I am introducing my opinion of the proper transformation of Ironhide. I have yet to see someone in either a photo or video transform him 'correctly'. You will note that the chest pieces are not flopping around loose as seen in usual Ironhide transformations. Rather, there are grooves which hold the chest pieces into place on the backpack. This 'tabbing-in' can be seen in the reflection of Ironhide's back in the mirror behind him. My argument for the intent of these slots as the place to 'tab-in' the shoulders is that they serve no purpose in vehicle form. I made a video for each; the forward and backward transformations last night but have yet to figure out how to get them from the camera to the computer. It is the type of camera that records directly to a DVD-RW, but my computer does not recognize the movies. As a result, I can watch them but you cannot. Transformation from Vehicle Mode into Robot Mode: 1. Start by removing the weapons, these will just get in the way during transformation. 2. Detach the rear door from the cab by pulling out from beneath the door. 3. Lift up on the front fender by placing one finger in the wheel well and lifting up until the tab is unhooked from the front bumper. 4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 on the other side, then fold down the front bumper. 5. Unsnap the front half of the rear quarter and slide it away from the bed. -these will need to stay out until the leg transformation is complete as they will obstruct the automorph feature. 6. Unhook the rear wall of the cab from the pelvis and fold it up under the roof of the cab. 7. Split the truck bed into the two legs. Then, lift up on the rear portion of the bed cover in order to trigger the automorph feature. -after automorphing the front part of the bed cover will need to be aided into its position on the inner part of the leg. -make sure that both toe and heel portions of the foot form a flat surface, if not the heel can be clicked into position to realign the automorph. 8. Fold the arms up from under the cab by turning the wheels out until the wheels are next to the head. 9. Unsnap the chest piece from the cab and fold it down. 10. Hold the roof up and rotate the entire cab 180 degrees. Note: it is important that the roof and arms are up while the chest shield and front bumper are down. 11. Rotate the arms at the shoulder joint connecting to the wheel so that the gold emblem is facing forward. Then rotate the forearms until the screws are facing toward the torso. Finally rotate the hands so that the palms are in. -The arms are in a completely reversed form between vehicle and robot modes. 12. Rotate the front wheels one click away from the head, then flip it up. Rotate the wheels back. The head will lock into the hubs of the front wheels. 13. Fold the rear doors back against the inside of the front doors, then snap them into the groove on the backpack. This is located on the very bottom of the rear wall of the cab. -it will look best if the waist is centered. 14. Snap the waist pegs in locking the legs and pelvis into the upper torso. -this can be done at any time after leg transformation but usually comes unsnapped during the latter steps. When snapped in, the blue hinge has holes that attach to pegs on the pelvis and pegs that attach to holes on the bottom of the upper torso. 15. Flip the panel on the back of the chest shield up and then flip up the shield so that this panel is pointing toward Ironhide’s face. 16. Add weapons and/or pose as desired. Transformation from Robot Mode into Vehicle Mode: 16. Unhook the rear doors from the backpack and fold them out. 15. Fold the chest shield forward and the panel protruding from it down. 14. Raise the arms up until they are held straight out to the sides. 13. Shift the front wheels out one notch, fold the head down, then shift the wheel back next to the head. 12. While holding the roof up, rotate the cab 180 degrees. -the chest shield and front bumper should be down. -the roof and arms should be up. 11. Lock the cab into place by snapping the chest shield onto the tab on the backside of the firewall. 10. Untab the waist hinge and pull the front quarter panels away from the legs. 9. To automorph the legs; start by moving the panels on the inner leg up slightly, then fold up the toe/back portion of the bed cover. 8. Snap the legs together to form the truck bed. 7. Shift the legs at the pelvic joint so that they are as far back as possible. -This is opposite to the direction in which the legs would be if he was sitting down. (SEE ABOVE) 6. Align the tabs on the front of the pelvis with the slots in the chest shield. Bring down the rear wall of the cab and align it with the bed, then snap the front quarter panels into place to lock this position. 5. Turn the arms down so that the wheels are parallel to the plane of the truck. 4. Twist the arms at the shoulder until the gold is facing inward and the arms are parallel with the bottom of the truck. Then turn the forearms until the screws are facing down (relative to the truck). Finally, turn the wrists making the backs of the hands face down. 3. Rotate the arms under the truck and snap them together. Then tab the arms into the pelvis. 2. Tab the roof into the back wall of the cab and fold the windshield down into position. -In the pic above you can see the 'cornerstone' to the figure. In vehicle mode everything tabs into the pelvis/shield. 1. Flip up the front bumper. Tab the grill into it and snap the rear doors into the cab. -Add weapons last. He's a truck again!